If you are a course creator, teacher, or a coach looking for the best course creation platform you may have come across Teachable.
Teachable is one of the top-rated course platforms 🙌 that comes with really good LMS and course compliance features (for better student accountability).
With pricing starting at $39/mo, it is very affordable ✨compared to expensive tools like Kajabi.
But if you want to get started with the free plan initially, do you think it has enough features 🤔?
To be honest, its free plan is just like trying the free trial. Because it allows you to sell only 1 published course only up to 10 video lectures in it. Also charges you 10% fee on top of it.
And Teachable supports coaching but not communities, unlike Kajabi which supports both.
To build communities, Teachable recommends you to integrate with Circle.so, a dedicated community-building tool, at additional cost 💸.
I have been using Teachable for the past 4 years and with 4-5 years of experience with instructional design 🔥, I’ve laid out the LMS features from the standpoint of course creators, who are more particular about enhancing the student’s learning and the experience.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the Teachable review 👇.
|Transaction fee💸||$1 + 10% on the free plan,|
5% on the basic plan
|Pricing starts at 💰||$39/mo|
|Any discount available?||You can save up to 25% on annual plans.|
Click here to get 25% OFF
|Number of courses you can create in free plan||Only 1 ( just 10 video lectures)|
|Does premium plans support unlimited courses?||✓|
Though, you can use Google Forms and embed the links.
|Course player customization features available?||No (need to use custom CSS with its Power Editor)|
|Support for Adobe Captivate & Articulate Storyline files||✖|
|Support for SCORM files||✖|
|OTOs 🎁||Upsells and Order bumps|
Has only single-page checkout
|Has built-in community? 👨👩👧👧||✖|
|Sales page conversion elements||Testimonials|
|Mobile app 📱||Only has iOS app|
|Teachable site examples||View 35+ sites built with Teachable|
|Is truly white-labeled?||✖|
|Integrations||It has around 10+ integrations|
|Has a native payment gateway?||Yes, Teachable Payments and Monthly Payment Gateway|
|Webhook and Zapier integration available?||✖|
|Has affiliate marketing?||✓|
|Built-in EU/VAT handling 🧮||✓|
Teachable is an affordable and feature-rich LMS tool. It is a tough competitor to Thinkific. You can read my in-depth review of Teachable vs Thinkific.
You can create and sell courses, coachings, bundles (memberships), digital downloads, etc.
Unlike Kajabi, it lacks advanced marketing features like automations, pipelines (funnels), automation builder,website builder, an Android app, etc.
But it comes with superior course compliance features and indepth video retention graphs (like YouTube has), to really set right accountability mechanisms in place.
- You can host unlimited courses 🔥 on its paid plans (starting at $39/mo) on your platform, unlike Kajabi which imposes restrictions on the number of courses you can host at a premium price (even at $149/mo, you can create only 3 products).
- It excels over other platforms like Podia or Kajabi, with its course compliance features like enforcing the video completion, lecture order and graded quizzes wherein you can make sure that students completely go through your course content.
- It has built-in course completion certificates 🏅. You can combine this with course compliance making it suitable also to host academic courses 🎓.
- Teachable course player has built-in note-taking and subtitles feature. Note-taking helps in pro-active learning and the sub-titles help students understand the content clearly.
- You can embed HTML/CSS scripts in the lectures allowing you to easily embed any form of content inside the lectures opening a lot of opportunities.
- They offer you unlimited bandwidth of video hosting, so you don’t need to worry about getting tools like Vimeo or Wistia.
- Teachable is also perfectly suitable for hosting memberships when you combine the bundling and subscription pricing functionalities. You can create various membership tiers and gate the content to higher pricing.
- Teachable supports bulk uploading of media files to save your time and cloud uploading to streamline your workflow.
- When it comes to comments, it supports the multi-threading of responses, keeping the conversations organized rather than messing up.
- Teachable has an iOS app 📲 for students to consume the content on the go. It doesn’t support push notifications and mobile app checkouts, unlike Kajabi.
- It has an inbuilt ability to handle EU/VAT that very few online platforms come with. If your students are from Europe, this makes your life easier.
- It comes with native payment gateways (Teachable Payments & the Monthly Payment Gateway) with a service “Back Office” which handles all the affiliate payouts and complex payments.
- Teachable provides in-depth student reports and video analytics 📉 to get an idea of how students are engaging with your content. It has video retention graphs and heatmaps 🔥.
- Along with their limited free plan charging you a 10% transaction fee, they charge a 5% fee even in their basic plan.
- There’s no drag and drop builder. So you may end up using quite geeky features like custom CSS and power editors (only available in the professional plan).
- It lacks community features, unlike Thinkific. If you want to build communities you need to integrate them with Circle.so with an additional fee.
- With Teachable there are no built-in options available to customize the course player. If you want you need to use custom coding.
- Teachable doesn’t take the risk of handling refunds. You need to handle this on your own by using third-party services.
Teachable is one of the best online course platforms used by course creators, teachers, professionals, coaches, entrepreneurs, etc. With Teachable, you can create and sell your courses, coaching, and bundles.
Teachable is king 👑 when it comes to course compliance. It even provides advanced reports to see how the students are progressing through the course, where they are dropping, and video analytics showing the students’ engagement with your videos.
Teachable has its own payment gateways and it has a service (called Back Office) to handle all the affiliate payouts and complex transactions, making your job much easier.
To increase the conversions, it provides features like coupons, upsells, order bumps, and conversion elements on the checkout pages like guarantee badges, testimonials, etc.
- Teachable, in the recent update, limited the free plan to only one published course. Previously it supported unlimited courses even in the free plan.
- Recently it released a public API, enabling you to connect Teachable with any of the tools and services you need.
- It has released Launch accelerator and Live group coaching sessions, to help beginner creators like you run a successful business on Teachable.
Click on the link below if you want to stay up to date with Teachable’s latest news and updates.
Teachable interface is very neat and has a modern feel. You can access all its features in the right sidebar. And the sub-features are accessible within 3-4 clicks.
In the products tab, you can create courses, coachings, and bundles. Compared to Thinkific or Kajabi, its interface loads quite slower. It is not a major issue though.
With Teachable you can sell courses, bundles, and coaching products. Unlike Kajabi or Thinkific, there are no course templates available with Teachable. You need to create everything from scratch.
Teachable’s course curriculum is made up of sections (nothing but modules) and lectures inside it.
Teachable supports these content types:
- Code examples
Note that Teachable doesn’t support SCORM files, Adobe Captivate & Articulate Storyline files 👎 (as Teachable is not made for institutions it is not a big deal). If you need these features, you can consider LearnWorlds (review). Or else, if you compare Teachable with Thinkific in this aspect, Thinkific supports Adobe Captivate & Articulate Storyline files butis not SCORM compliant.
Do you want to add various content types inside the same lecture?
For example – If you want to add text, video, or quiz all in the same lecture, this is possible with Teachable.
This helps you provide more value to your content. Adding quizzes in each lecture allows you to assess how the students are learning.
Also, do you want to save time 🕔 with bulk uploading?
If so, you love the fact that Teachable supports bulk uploading of PDFs, videos, images, etc (available on only paid plans). The bulk uploaded files will become individual lectures on their own. Again, you do not need to rearrange them to individual lectures.
Teachable supports bulk operations on lectures. In bulk, you can make the lecturers –
- Free preview (use this as a lead magnet 🧲)
- Make them downloadable ⬇
- Bulk publish
- Bulk delete the lectures
Also, to save your file storage, Teachable supports cloud uploading from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. This feature is lacking in Thinkific.
In Teachable, when a student completes the checkout process, students will be automatically enrolled in the courses.
If you want you can manually enroll new or existing students into a specific course. You can also manually unenroll or remove a student from a course.
If you are on the business plan, you can avail bulk import features to manually enroll or unenroll the students.
Teachable allows you to drip schedule 💧 the content on a specific date or based on the student’s enrollment date. Teachable automatically sends email notifications to students when the drip content becomes available.
Note that you can only drip schedule the sections, not the lectures.
Let’s discuss the comments 💬.
Teachable supports comments in each lecture. It is available beneath the content area, easing students to come and drop the comments.
Teachable supports multi-level threading of comments. By doing this, students can easily participate in the conversions without having to mess with chats all the time.
Also, as a school owner, you can choose to enable comment moderation and comment attachments.
Let’s see how the course page looks in the front, for students.
Teachable provides 3 templates to design your course page structure.
In the front end, Teachable displays course progress, instructor, student profile, etc.
The course player has a video speed controller, automatic playback, quality controller, ability to add subtitles, etc.
Subtitles help students digest the content easily. For subtitles to appear, first you should have uploaded them in the backend.
Teachable encourages pro-active learning with its note taking feature ✍. Students can take notes on important points right inside the course player and refer to them anytime. This is really a nice feature.
Note that Teachable lacks built-in course player customization features, unlike Thinkific.
You should use its power editor (similar to code editor in Kajabi) to customize the course player with custom CSS. If you are not a coder, Teachable leaves you in pain 😢.
Pricing options 💲:
Teachable supports four pricing plans.
- One-time purchase
- Payment plans
For subscriptions, you can offer a free trial for the time period you wish. Offering free trials helps you attract customers and get more sales.
If you are from Europe you can charge VAT for your students. As Teachable has built-in VAT calculation, this is a big plus ✌.
Among the various course creation platforms available today, Teachable is a king 👑 when it comes to course compliance.
To make sure that the students are going through the courses, you can –
- Enforce lecture order – You can make students complete the lectures in the order you set. This allows students to consume the content in flow, maximizing effective learning.
- Enforce video watching – Specify the video watch duration students need to complete before proceeding. You can even set it to 100% to make students completely consume the content.
- Enforce quiz completion – You can add graded quizzes with passing marks and set the number of attempts students can try. Enforcing quiz completion helps students seriously go through the courses and learn.
Along with these, Teachable gives various reports 📈 to know the student’s course progress.
Will be discussing the reports in the later sections.
Quizzes are a great way of assessing the students’ learning progress. Teachable supports both graded and non-graded quizzes. Graded quizzes are available only on the Professional plan & up, and your results will appear on your school’s course reports.
Note that you can add only one quiz per lecture.
Teachable gives you the graded quiz reports with analytics like average score, min score, max score, and total completed.
Teachable comes with built-in course completion certificates, similar to Thinkific or Podia. There are 3 templates available, you can customize them using HTML/liquid templating. Or you can create the custom certificates from scratch.
Also, when a student completes a course, Teachable automatically sends them an email notification with a link to download the certificate.
Or if you wish, you can manually issue the certificates, by looking at the student’s course progress. In this case, you have the option to bulk issue the certificates by selecting all the students who have 100% completed the courses.
Unlike Thinkific, Teachable doesn’t come with built-in surveys. But you can make use of Google forms or Jotforms and embed the links in your lectures.
On the professional plan and up, you will get access to student reports. Here it will give the reports on lectures, quizzes, or videos that students have completed, and also gives student leaderboards.
If you want to analyze the reports by specific cohorts or groups of students, you can use a tags filter. Note that the tag filter is not available for the video stats report.
Lecture completion reports:
Based on the number of lectures each student marked as complete within the course, it shows the average completion rate for your course.
In this report, there are two sub-reports available – student breakdown and percentage breakdown.
Note that if a student clicks on “complete and continue”, then only a lecture will be marked as complete.
When it comes to student reports, for each you will get:
- Lecture progress
- Video heatmaps
- Quiz scores reports
Teachable video report gives the analytics on
- Play rate
- Hours watched
There is also a video retention graph available, showing you how long users watched your video and where they are dropping. It also displays the total number of video views and the average length of time your users watched the video.
Similar to Kajabi, there are heat map reports available for you to know how students are engaging with your videos.
Teachable has an iOS app but lacks an Android app. If you compare Teachable with Kajabi, Kajabi has powerful iOS and Android apps.
Teachable iOS apps are very restrictive ⚠.
- Students cannot access the coachings.
- Can’t drop the comments in the app.
- Course compliance won’t work inside the app.
But it helps students in many ways:
- Pick up where they left off on another device.
- Stream course videos.
- View lecture text and attachments.
- Take lecture quizzes and view their scores.
- Complete lectures and sync their progress with other devices.
Note: Unlike kajabi, Teachable apps don’t support push notifications. Push notifications have a higher open rate and help stay in touch with your students. Kajabi excels in this aspect 👍.
Also, Teachable apps are not white-labeled. If you want to create truly white-labeled course apps, you can consider tools like Passion.io.
Bottomline: Though it has an iOS app, it is very restrictive. Students can just take the courses, but it will not be much effective as the course compliance and comments are not accessible in the iOS app.
In Teachable, you can sell coachings, memberships, and digital downloads like eBooks, guides, PDFs, etc. You just need to add the files and make the lectures downloadable.
Teachable is not dedicated much towards digital product selling. If you need this feature, you can consider tools like Podia, ThriveCart, or SamCart which are very good at selling digital products. ThriveCart and SamCart even come with sales funnels, helping you increase sales.
With Teachable you can offer coaching to your students and earn additional revenue.
Coachings help you build a loyal audience and convert them to customers by offering your products. On the flip side, you can also offer coaching to existing customers (or students), provide value for them, and convert them as your lifetime customers.
You know, the survey conducted by CourseMethod tells that about, 43% of coaching professionals use online courses as a means to monetize their expertise and share their knowledge.
Teachable has built-in intake forms that help you get all the information you need from the client to discuss in the coaching sessions. This eliminates the need for using Google Forms or JotForms.
This helps you prepare prior to the session and provide more value for what they exactly want. This way you can always keep them in the loop as repeat customers 🔁.
Similar to courses, the coachings also have a sales page (landing page), checkout page, and a thank you page.
The best thing here is that Teachable allows you to offer 1:1 coaching sessions with your lecturers and even add an upsell while selling the courses. This helps you increase sales.
Teachable integrates with Calendly to schedule the sessions and sync them to Teachable. For the live streaming, Teachable is working on providing Zoom integrations.
If you want to explore in detail on how to offer coaching to your students and how it helps you grow your income, I recommend you to go through this post by Teachable.
Teachable has recently released a new feature, group coaching calls for its customers on the Pro plan and up. These are live webinars hosted by Teachable experts three times each week. You can take this as an advantage to scale your coaching business.
The course bundle consists of parent courses and child courses. Teachable has a restriction that you can use parent courses in only one bundle, i.e. the parent course of one bundle can’t be added as part of any other bundle.
Course bundles also have the same pricing plans as courses. You can sell it for free, or sell for a one-time fee, payment plans, or charge subscriptions.
You can create various memberships and gate the access with membership tiers.
To say, you can have three payment plans/subscription levels – Silver, Gold, and Bronze. Restrict the access to exclusive content, paid groups, and certifications to higher tiers. This encourages your students to go with higher membership levels.
Teachable doesn’t support communities, unlike Thinkific or Podia.
Having communities alongside courses boosts student engagement and helps in building a loyal audience.
Teachable natively integrates with Circle.so, a leading community building platform. Circle.so developers are former employees of Teachable, so the team knows well the needs of a community building tool.
Circle.so provides single sign-on with Teachable, helping students login to Circle’s community with Teachable credentials reducing the friction associated with multiple accounts.
You can build your community on Circle and embed it on Teachable. Or share a link to your community and redirect students to access the community on Circle. Click here to know more about the integration.
Teachable also has hosted its customer’s community (Teachable HQ) on Circle itself.
Teachable doesn’t offer any site themes or course themes, unlike tools like Kajabi.
It has just a single theme and you can just customize it. Inside the tool, you have options to –
- Customize the logo & branding.
- Add site logo, favicon image, and school thumbnail.
- Customize the fonts. (supports custom fonts).
- Customize the theme/background color, navigation bars, footer, header, buttons, links, etc.
- Much more
If you are on the business plan ($299/mo) you will get access to its power editor. With this, you can custom code the theme to match your needs. Similar to Teachable, Kajabi also has a code editor giving you the flexibility to custom code the theme.
Teachable has a basic site builder to design the course pages, landing pages, thank you pages, or any custom pages.
To design your pages, Teachable has several building blocks –
- Rich text
- Background image
- Video embed
- Course hero header
- Coupon banner
- Course description
- Author bio
- Course curriculum
- Bundled courses
- Course page closing letter
- Primary enroll button
- Secondary enroll button
- Embedded form
- Featured courses
Along with above single blocks, there are few block layouts available. These include –
- Image with text
- Text with image grid
- Featured products
- Email leads form
You can rearrange/duplicate/hide/delete the blocks.
For each block, you can customize the –
Note that you can also customize the pages using custom CSS/HTML.
Teachable’s all paid plans support custom domains and custom subdomains. By default, your school will be under the Teachable subdomain.
Note: You will not be able to cancel your paid subscription when you have set up your custom domain, until you delete it.
When it comes to white-labeling, Teachable is not a truly white-labeled solution, unlike Thinkific or LearnWorlds.
Teachable has some basic marketing features like:
- Offering free previews (lead magnet)
- Pre-selling a course
You can offer free previews 👀 to users, in return for providing their emails. Also, with free previews, students can assess the quality of the course and this helps convert them into paid users.
With Teachable, you can create both single-use and multi-use coupon codes.
This feature is available on all paid plans.
Multiple-use coupons are a great way to offer large-scale discounts on holidays, on special occasions like Black Friday & Cyber Monday, or on promotional events.
In multiple-use coupons, you have various options:
- All product coupons – Applicable to use on any products or any pricing plans.
- Product type coupons – Use these coupons only on one product type (courses/coachings/bundles).
- Pricing plan-specific coupons – Apply coupons on specific pricing plans.
The best thing is you can share the purchase links (with coupons automatically applied) for students. With this, the chances of them purchasing the product would be high.
Similar to other LMS platforms, Teachable allows you to pre-sell a course. You can pre-sell a course at discounted rates for early purchases and also for list building. This strategy creates a marketing buzz around your product & helps you know the demand for your product.
Also, if you know the importance of MVPs in product creation, you know how important it is.
Teachable has its own payment gateways – Teachable Payments & the Monthly Payment Gateway.
Teachable Payments handles EU/VAT calculations, affiliate payout and it has a service called “Back office” to handle all the complex payments.
If you want Stripe/PayPal, you need to be on the professional plan and up.
Students can pay through credit/debit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay®, and Google Pay™.
As a product owner, you can choose daily, weekly, or monthly payouts.
- Daily payouts will be paid after 2 business days.
- Weekly payouts will be cleared every Thursday.
- A monthly payout is distributed every 30 days on the first day of the month.
Note: To issue the refunds to students, you will have to handle it with third party services like PayPal, check, wire transfer, etc.
Teachable has a one-step checkout page. You can customize the checkout buttons – Buy Now, Subscribe, Place order, Get it for free or whatever.
You can add testimonials (acts as social proof), guarantee seals (builds trust), compelling bullet points, etc. to increase the sales.
Thinkific doesn’t provide guarantee bandages, but they support social reviews, ratings, and testimonials to add to the checkout pages for conversions.
Let’s discuss the OTOs that Teachable offers.
Teachable supports both upsells and order bumps, similar to tools like Thinkific or Kajabi.
In Teachable there are two ways to add upsells.
Use upsell content type – Here you can either offer courses or coachings as upsells.
Add upsells on the thank you page – For this, you need to use an Upsell block. Unlike Thinkific which allows you to add upsell on any of the pages, with Teachable it is limited to only thank you pages.
Can you add order bumps 🎁 in Teachable?
Teachable allows you to add one order bump on the checkout page. You can add order bumps to any course, coaching, or bundle product checkout page (these products should be of one-time or recurring payment option).
Teachable has an in-built email marketing feature, and it allows you to send notification emails to students and admins. If you need powerful email marketing features like lists, tags, CRM features, you can integrate with MailChimp and ConvertKit.
There are some pre-made templates available, and you can customize them with HTML/Custom CSS/Liquid.
You can send notifications to owners and authors regarding –
- Student Details
- New Student Signup
- New Comment Awaiting Moderation
- New Enrollment
Teachable allows you to have affiliates for your product and earn a commission for their work.
To add an affiliate, first, you need to create a user and change the role to affiliates.
The commission you set will be applicable to all products. If you don’t want affiliates to promote any product you can restrict them. As a school owner you can set your own custom cookie period.
If you are using Teachable own payment gateways (either Teachable Payments or Monthly Payment Gateway) and have enabled BackOffice service, your affiliates will automatically get paid to their PayPal account.
Affiliates will get paid on the first day of every month.
If you are using a third-party payment gateway, you need to handle all the payouts on your own.
Compared to Kajabi or Thinkific, Teachable has less number of integrations.
You will get native integrations with analytics tools, email marketing softwares, community platforms, etc.
The integrations include –
- Facebook Pixel
- Google Analytics
Using Zapier you can integrate with the services you need. There are 19 triggers and 5 actions available for you to automate the tasks.
Teachable has 3 paid plans along with the free plan. Compared to its free plan, Thinkific has a more feature rich free plan.
Thinkific in its free plan supports unlimited courses and unlimited content in it, whereas with Teachable you can create only 1 published course with up to 10 video lectures. This free plan is just like trying out a free trial. That’s it!
And unlike Thinkific, Teachable charges a transaction fee on the free plan ($1 + 10%) and on the basic plan (5%) as well.
The Basic plan lacks Zapier actions, graded quizzes, course completion certificates, upsells, advanced reports, etc. To avail these features you need to go with a Pro plan at $119/mo.
Teachable discount (coupon code)
If you go with annual plans, you will get 25% OFF. With this you can save $600/year.
Also, Teachable is offering a 10% OFF on its Pro plan. You can avail this discount clicking this link.
Teachable is very good at its support. They provide demos, knowledgebase articles, email support, and have a dedicated community (Teachable:hq) of paid customers to assist you.
Thinkific is a tough competitor to Teachable. Unlike Teachable, it comes with built-in community features so you don’t need to integrate with community platforms like Circle.so. Also, Thinkific provides native integrations with 80+ apps available in its app store.
Thinkific has some unique features like randomized question banks, live lessons, truly white-labeling, groups, Brillium exams integration, and much more. If you strongly need community for your courses, Thinkific is the way to go.
Teachable is an affordable solution (pricing starts at 39/mo), whereas Kajabi is highly-priced (pricing starts at $149/mo). Kajabi’s main USPs include – advanced automations and pipelines (funnels).
Unlike Teachable, Kajabi provides product blueprints, community, assessments, theme templates, dedicated memberships, etc.
The target audiences for these two platforms are quite different. Teachable is for those course creators/teachers who are just starting out and need features like course compliance, certificates, quizzes to assess the student’s progress. Kajabi is for advanced marketers whose audience are marketers and they don’t need course compliance and certificates.
Teachable is a dedicated course platform whereas Podia is an all-in-one digital marketing platform.
With Podia you can sell courses, coachings, memberships, digital downloads, webinars, etc. If you need more of a digital platform, you can go with Podia.
Does Teachable come with a transaction fee?
Yes. Teachable charges a 10% transaction fee for the free plan and a 5% fee in the basic plan.
Teachable integrates with which email marketing platforms?
As of now, Teachable integrates with Only MailChimp and ConvertKit. It doesn’t have any integrations with ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, and MailerLite.
Does Teachable come with its own email marketing tool?
Yes. Teachable comes with its own email marketing platform. You can easily send emails to students and market your courses.
Can I create membership sites?
Yes, Teachable allows you to create membership sites using its course bundling feature. This greatly helps you in getting recurring income.
How does Teachable compare to other similar competitors?
Teachable has some very unique features compared to other competitors like Thinkific and others. Please read the post completely to get an idea.
Teachable is a dedicated course platform that offers excellent features to enhance students’ learning experience. It simplifies the payments handling, tax collection, assists in affiliate payouts, etc.
Choose Teachable if you need:
- Simple yet powerful course creation platform.
- To sell your coachings and memberships along with courses.
- Excellent course compliance features to make sure students are going through your course.
- Advanced reports to analyze how students are engaging with your courses.
- Certificates to reward your students.
- Built-in VAT calculation system.
- Handles all the payment processing, affiliate payouts, and all the complex payouts.
I hope you found this post on Teachable review helpful.